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Haunted Vaults and Graveyard Walking Tour in Edinburgh provided by Auld Reekie Tours

Haunted Vaults and Graveyard Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Haunted Vaults and Graveyard Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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Tour snapshot
Walk Edinburgh’s haunted streets, vaults, and graveyards by night
Duration:
1h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
32
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
If you’re entranced by the paranormal, look no further than this adults-only ghost tour that unlocks access to Edinburgh’s darkest places. Led by your fearless guide, venture in search of the undead into ancient Greyfriars Kirkyard, known as the most haunted cemetery in the world. Brave a sinister encounter in the Haunted Vault and learn the mysteries of the city’s dark past.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Hear terrifying tales of gruesome deaths—and returns from the grave
  • Shiver at the ghostly horrors of Greyfriars Kirkyard
  • Brave the haunted vault below the city at Niddry Street Vaults
What to expect
As night falls across Scotland’s ancient capital, greet your guide and embark on an adults-only journey through the city’s sinister past. Learn the grim history of Greyfriars Kirkyard, where quiet and unquiet souls have rested since the 16th century, and gothic monuments rear against the gloomy sky. Walk on through the darkening night to the Niddry Street Vaults that stretch below the city. Once home to witches, criminals, the destitute, and a hellfire club—and rumored to be the hunting ground of serial killers Burke and Hare—these echoing cellars are now the site of regular paranormal happenings. Something evil awaits in the Haunted Vault. Be warned!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Hear terrifying tales of gruesome deaths—and returns from the grave
  • Shiver at the ghostly horrors of Greyfriars Kirkyard
  • Brave the haunted vault below the city at Niddry Street Vaults
What to expect
As night falls across Scotland’s ancient capital, greet your guide and embark on an adults-only journey through the city’s sinister past. Learn the grim history of Greyfriars Kirkyard, where quiet and unquiet souls have rested since the 16th century, and gothic monuments rear against the gloomy sky. Walk on through the darkening night to the Niddry Street Vaults that stretch below the city. Once home to witches, criminals, the destitute, and a hellfire club—and rumored to be the hunting ground of serial killers Burke and Hare—these echoing cellars are now the site of regular paranormal happenings. Something evil awaits in the Haunted Vault. Be warned!
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • Bank of Scotland, 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK Tours meet at the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of the Bank of Scotland. This is across the road from the Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. Please be there at least 5 minutes early as we depart promptly at the tour time. Tours can not wait for latecomers so please do not be late.
  • 45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Vaults are accessed via a 2ft stair with further average size stairs inside the vaults.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Bank of Scotland, 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK Tours meet at the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of the Bank of Scotland. This is across the road from the Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. Please be there at least 5 minutes early as we depart promptly at the tour time. Tours can not wait for latecomers so please do not be late.
  • 45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • 45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Vaults are accessed via a 2ft stair with further average size stairs inside the vaults.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Bank of Scotland
    300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK
    Tours meet at the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of the Bank of Scotland. This is across the road from the Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. Please be there at least 5 minutes early as we depart promptly at the tour time. Tours can not wait for latecomers so please do not be late.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Greyfriars Kirk
    Stop: 35 minutes
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  • 2
    Auld Reekie Tours
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    45 Niddry St
    45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
    See address & details
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4.5
335 reviews
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285
Very good
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Poor
11
Terrible
5

DebbieDing
20 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
Booked for a group of 7 for a hen party - start point was easy to find due to simple to follow instructions before hand. Our tour guide was Darren he was very knowledgeable and had us all in suspense with all the ghost stories and history of Edinburgh! The grave yard was a great insight to the history of Edinburgh & the vaults were very VERY scary!! Would highly recommend this tour for any spooky gals wanting to explore the city further. Would book again for sure!
Written March 14, 2022
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Ian H
Weymouth3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Done a couple of these types of tours here in the past, this one was far and away the best mainly due to our guide Andrew who was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, funny and really engaged the audience with his his story telling. He kept us all captivated the whole time, so much so that we hardly noticed the rain. The walking was easily manageable with short distances compared to some other tours but worth remembering that it is Edinburgh old town so hills, steps and cobbles are the norm. Would 💯 per cent recommend this tour if you are interested in ghosts, ghouls witches and execution stories.
Written April 7, 2022
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Lindsey
Bath, UK4 contributions
Aug 2021
An awesome tour, our guide Nora was enthusiastic and informative, her knowledge and her passionate storytelling were a joy to listen to.
We learnt things about the city that if we hadn't have done the tour we wouldn't have ever known.
The vaults in particular were very interesting, again not something we would have known much about until Nora's guide.
It was a great way to spend 90mins in a new city, would definitely recommend doing one, especially if you like a bit of the macabre side of life.
Written August 26, 2021
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Marie P
Cambridge, UK3 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
The actual tour itself was okay, moderately too full, but otherwise with a different guide would have been interesting and worth the cost.

We were in a group ourselves amongst the larger group, although this didn't impact the tour or qnyones enjoyment/lack of. What did was the absolutely horrendous tour guide. My friend leaned down as she suffers from chronic pain, the tour guide then made a joke about how the creepiness of the crypts caused her chronic pain. No, that would be the chronic pain and perhaps there's ways to be nicer to people. She was also quite rude to another woman on the tour who tried to engage with her and ask questions. This woman had nothing to do with us, but clearly just wanted to enjoy the tour and participate. That was clearly too much.

There was also an incredibly rude couple on the tour where the man was going up to various women tapping them on the shoulder, moving away and repeating. A shoulder tap isn't as bad as it could have been but a 50 year old man praying on innocent 20 something women and nobody does anything about it? Not particularly cool.

I reached out when asked to make a review and said I would be happy to leave one but would actually like to make a complaint because between us we spent a lot of money to have an incredibly awkward time and was ignored.

We passed several other tours on this one who seemed to have better, mote interested tour guides that won't mock chronic pain or ignore legitimate complaints. Avoid this one and book elsewhere.
Written February 26, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AuldReekieTours
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so sorry to hear about your experience. We will have responded to such an enquiry but understand that our reply may have not have reached you for one reason or another. Please reach out to us at info@auldreekietours.com so we can follow up on your experience.
Written February 28, 2022
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Treadstone02
Stoke-on-Trent, UK21 contributions
Jul 2021
A recent graduation trip up north turned into a city break in Edinburgh for me recently and one of the pre-booked experiences was this grim and ghostly tour. I can honestly say I jumped a mile, and not in the dark historic vaults which I eventually found myself in, but when our tour guide first arrived at the meeting point as I was fumbling on the MET Office app looking ahead at the evenings' weather. Tuesday’s entrance was startling, energetic and bold and even as the rain lashed on, her enthusiasm still shone through.

Our merry band followed on once we got going and we were introduced to statues, graveyards and gated entrances through the late evening, finally ending up in the guts of Edinburgh’s past below ground. Although a little fast on her delivery, Tuesday rhymed off a wealth of knowledge at ease and I found it engaging. The more she unearthed, the more you could imagine the scene and put details together in your imagination and take a moment and think just how lucky we are now compared to then.

The tour included many character names and dates plenty, whole stories and dark tales of past events. The rain and dying light only added to the atmosphere. It was absorbing and it was like being with a female Indiana Jones whose research and knowledge of the past culture, conditions and underground movement was exceptional. There wasn’t a reference card in sight.

Due to the amount of information, Tuesday had to try and get in the time limit and above the sound of the rain, a speedy delivery can be forgiven as you do get value from the tour. Tuesday looked after our group well, giving us the heads up on dangers, hazards, COVID-19, steps and floor conditions. If any of the experience was getting too much for anyone she did offer to take you to “safety.”

Parts of the tour and history were left out to suit the audience as a whole but you could get the director’s cut after everyone dispersed if you wanted further added value and aren’t easily turned or offended. From the tip of St Giles to the underground vaults I'd certainly experienced the many highs and lows that Edinburgh offers over my few days there.
Written July 12, 2021
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AuldReekieTours
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such an in-depth review! We are so happy that you had such a positive experience on your tour with Tuesday regardless of the weather. We will pass along your kind words to her.
Written July 13, 2021
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Jade L
2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
It is our first time visiting Edinburgh and with so much choice for tours etc we just went with one we had found on GetYourGuide. We hit the jackpot, this tour is amazing. Our guide, Darren was brilliant. He knew so much and told the tales in such a fun way it kept everyone so engaged. I absolutely recommend this tour it’s been the highlight of our trip.
Written April 8, 2022
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StevenGause
New York City, NY170 contributions
Sep 2021
Our guide Nora was fun and enthusiastic, but she seemed terribly rushed to get through the itinerary - as soon as she finished a story we were off to the next stop. There was no time allotted if you wanted to explore the graveyard on your own or take a few photos. The walk to the vaults portion of the tour was brisk and we had several stragglers. I assume the tour content as intended as spooky or scary, but to us it just came off as silly and somewhat boring. Lastly, if you have difficulty navigating stairs you should probably avoid this tour.
Written September 17, 2021
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Emily Broadhurst
7 contributions
Booked in advance for a trip to Edinburgh, had done a similiar tour in London and was not expecting much at all based on that one.
This tour however, is definitely one to recommend! Fraser was an excellent tour guide; charming, funny and knowledgeable. The tour (1.5 hours) went by very quickly and had regular breaks for stories of the city. The vaults were the creepiest part, but no spoilers - just enjoy the tour :)
Written April 20, 2022
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Alan S
Fife, UK11 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Guide didn’t really wait for everyone to get to the stops before she started talking so we were joining part way through and didn’t get to hear all the stories. I appreciate they are on a schedule but a few minutes wouldn’t make much difference. As we were at the back of the group most of the tour it was difficult to here the guide speaking though her mask. Nothing really scary in the graveyard and we didn’t go into the vaults as my wife was struggling with her knees.

Overall I don’t think it offers good value for money so will need to try another Ghost tour on my next visit to Edinburgh.
Written January 23, 2022
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Jessica F
Newport, UK4 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
These tours had come highly recommended from various family members who have visited Edinburgh in the past, however my partner was skeptical when I suggested actually booking ourselves onto one.

Having been to Edinburgh Dungeons experience the same morning, I think he was expecting an over-enthusiastic guide with lots of ‘Dad’ humour, but this was nothing like that and even he was hooked by the end!

Worried about the cold weather on a brisk February evening, I finally convinced him into going for the earlier slot of 6pm - but honestly once you get moving you don’t even notice the cold, and it felt like we covered so much ground in just over an hour.

If you want a grown-up tour of Edinburgh, with spooky undertones and an excellent informative guide, this is definitely a tour for you, we cannot recommend the whole experience (and our brilliant guide Fraser) highly enough.
Written February 9, 2022
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Fraser's mum should be proud
We had our tour with Fraser he was very engaging and knowledgeable of the area and the vaults. We enjoyed hearing t
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Excellent experience!
It was an excellent tour. Fraser was outstanding. His explanations and stories showed his deep knowledge of the tow
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Well Done
Quite enjoyed the tour. Really liked the stories of where the origins of some phrases come from. Was a bit hard
86seano
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Excellent historic tour
Great tour. Tour guide Megan was very energetic, knowledgable and friendly with a great sense of humour.
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Tour went too quick ...........
What an absolutely fabulous tour. We had Andrew as our tour guide who did a slowish walk from the meeting point to
jameslhenderson96
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Great experience!
Megan was a great guide, really made the experience more interesting! Very enthusiastic and considerate if you were
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Find out what’s under your feet and the buildings you walk past
This was a very easy walking tour going somewhere you have no idea exists underneath. Our guide Fraser was friendly
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Be entertained and informed
Fraser was truly a great presenter, the best we have encountered in our three weeks in the UK. It was fascinating t
John F
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Excellent tour
Excellent tour with very interesting history and a little humour thrown in for good measure. Our guide Fraser certa
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Fantastic tour with Fraser
Tons of fun and very memorable. We brought our 12 year old who loved the mixture of creepy stuff and jokes. Our onl
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Interesting little tour for people who are interested about Edinburgh’s dark history!
Very interesting bit of knowledge we learned about Edinburgh. Well worth the time and money. Megan the tour guide w
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Funny & fascinating tour
Fraser was an excellent guide. Witty and informative! The tour was really well thought out and gave a sense of life
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Funny and informative :-) 100% recommendation!
Darren was an amazing guide who managed to tell us something about Edinburgh’s scary past in a funny yet informativ
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Great tour!
This was SUCH a fun way to get to know some of the more colorful stories of Edinburgh. Our guide Megan was the perf
179spencerz
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Great experience
Josh was an amazing storyteller and guide! Would recommend to anyone who likes both history and lore.
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